The best chance of solving this case will be with DNA.
Your narrator was excited to join Sean Hannity on his radio show Monday to discuss the ongoing investigation into the cocaine found in the White House West Wing. As ever, Sean was gracious and informed and it was a great discussion.
In addition to many of the points being made elsewhere, we discussed the fact that video, phone positioning data, interviews, and drug testing should really narrow the universe of suspects here.
Interestingly, the Secret Service now reports that the West Wing has no video monitoring. That said: what video there is for ingress and egress to the area-in-question should more than suffice to shrink the suspect pool.
(And the idea that there is no video in an area claimed as “heavily trafficked” by the White House spokesperson is a ball-drop, in my view. I’m skeptical of this).
But another point worth making: prints (unlikely) and DNA (likely) should have been taken.
If DNA feels like overkill to you, remember that we’re talking about the White House. What if the powder were anthrax? What if instead of powder, a bug was stuck under a desk?
It’s a long shot that a DNA match will occur in the FBI CODIS database. But take the sample anyway. Then ask for a consensual swab from anyone who works in the White House. Anyone who refuses should be suspect (and reassigned).
Further: Ping the sample through the commercial genealogical databases (23 and Me, etc). Even if you don’t hit the actual perp, you may hit a cousin or nephew. Recall: This was how Bryan Kohberger was developed as a suspect in the Idaho quadruple murder case.
If they’re allowed to do their jobs, the US Secret Service can solve this. I hope they’re going all out. We deserve an answer.
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